Monday, January 19, 2009

The All Day Beret

I wanted to do something with all my Koigu leftovers, and I have many, many balls of short lengths, from frogging other bad ideas. ( Wouldn't it be nice if we could unravel all our mistakes and re-cycle our ideas into something worthwhile?) So I devised this hat, knit from the top down, and incorporating miters and triangles.
I started at 8 am and finally went to bed at 10:30, with it unfinished. It is still on the teeny size 2 circulars. I used 5 size 3 dpns for most of it, especially the squares and triangle-wedgy parts.

The nice part for me is that one makes a section, and then one picks up stitches for the next part so no sewing together is required. But counting stitches is very essential, and as I was figuring this out, I wondered if I would ever be able to duplicate what I had done or explain it or write a pattern. The answer...No.


  1. It is indeed a thing of beauty! The only hat I ever knit was a bust! All these colors are wonderful!

  2. My Grandma, who is now gone, was an incredible knitter. When I was 10-13 years old she offered to teach me to quilt but I was too busy riding horses and having fun with my girl friends. Now I regret not sitting down a bit and learning to make wonderful things like these. I went in a new yarn shop close to where I live and could not believe the most beautiful yarns that are not available. I bought some just to have it and to perhaps incorporate into a quilt.

  3. I meant teach me to knit. I guess I still need more coffee this morning!

  4. It's gorgeous, Mel! And not surprising, it is an original... as are you!

  5. Anonymous11:30 AM

    Well, even if you can't turn it into a pattern, it is pretty cool.

    I don't know how to knit and wish I did. There are so many pretty yarns out there.


  6. Liz in IN1:03 PM

    So beautiful! And fun, too, I bet.

    Kaffe would be proud!

  7. It's gorgeous! And I'm envious. Would love to knit and have tried but just can't get the hang of it. I'm soooooo slow that it took me forever to make a scarf...HA! Guess I'm more use to crocheting.

  8. This hat is sheer genius!

  9. Melody--What weight Koigu yarn did you use? I, too, have lots of short lengths left over from other projects.

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